So here's something I'd love to hear your thoughts on today:
In a first draft of my current WIP, I killed off one of the main supporting characters. I actually cried when I did it, because it was painful. That's a good sign, really--if it made ME cry, then it should impact readers. Right?
Except, it feels wrong to have him dead. And I think that, because he is a main supporting character, it might be more upsetting than moving to have him die. So right now, as I revise, I'm seeing if I can make this work without his death. There's still a very hard choice involved, and still lots of tension (especially the not-knowing whether he's going to make it or not), but in the end, I think I will feel more peaceful if he lives.
Others die, so it's not a case of my avoiding killing off characters. I do that with aplomb, as necessary. *grin*
So, what do you think? Is there a RIGHT and a WRONG time to kill off a character? Have you ever struggled with whether or not to kill someone off?
Please help me through this by sharing your own experiences!